- Notice that a particular software API or interface standard is being
retrained only for backwards compatibility with earlier versions and that it
may be removed from future versions of the software or interface.
In general an item is marked as deprecated because it has been replaced with a newer method. In any event "deprecated" should be regarded as a warning not to use the item because it may be withdrawn in future releases, and as a hint that there may be a better (or newer) way to achieve the desired effect.